nail

[ neyl ]
/ neɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

nail down, to make final; settle once and for all: Signing the contract will nail down our agreement.

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Idioms for nail

Origin of nail

before 900; (noun) Middle English nail(l), nayl(l), Old English nægl, cognate with Old Frisian neil, Old Saxon, Old High German nagal, Dutch nagel, German Nagel, Old Norse nagl fingernail, all < Germanic *naglaz; akin as derivative to Lithuanian nãgas, nagà hoof, OPruss nage foot, OCS noga leg, foot (Serbo-Croatian nòga, Czech noha, Russian nogá; probably orig. jocular reference to the foot as a hoof), OCS nogŭtĭ, Tocharian A maku, B mekwa fingernail, claw, all < North European Indo-European *Honogwh-; further akin to Old Irish ingen, Welsh ewin, Breton ivin < Celtic *ṇgwhīnā, Latin unguis < Italo-Celtic *Hongwhi-; Greek ónyx, stem onych-, Armenian ełungn < *Honogwh-; (v.) Middle English nail(l)(e), nayl(l)e(n), Old English næglian, cognate with Old Saxon neglian, Old High German negilen, Old Norse negla < Germanic *nagl-janan; compare Gothic ganagljan

SYNONYMS FOR nail

OTHER WORDS FROM nail

nail·less, adjectivenail·like, adjectivere·nail, verb (used with object)
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Example sentences from the Web for renail

  • Usually it was found not very far downstream so we would drag it back and renail the boards down.

  • In case of deep snow all you have to do is to bend the nails around, loosening the trap and renail it a few feet higher up.

    Steel Traps|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

British Dictionary definitions for renail

nail
/ (neɪl) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also nail down, nail up

Derived forms of nail

nailer, nounnail-less, adjective

Word Origin for nail

Old English nǣgl; related to Old High German nagal nail, Latin unguis fingernail, claw, Greek onux
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Medical definitions for renail

nail
[ nāl ]

n.

A fingernail or toenail.
A slender rod used in operations to fasten together the divided extremities of a broken bone.
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Idioms and Phrases with renail

nail

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